. SINGING RUSSIAN PEASANT GIRL
After my adventure with painting on coconuts I advanced to gourds. As luck would have it, my husband found 6 huge dried gourds at a local flea market; “Oh, Mary would like these!”, and so my short lived career in gourd painting began. Much to my surprise all of these over size gourds sold at different art shows that I entered but I did not want to be known as the "gourd lady" so I stopped after my gourd supply ran out. This is a small gourd and the only one that I saved for myself.Mary Ellen
A CLUTTER OF CHAIRS
Lately I have been immersed in figure painting using acrylics. It has been a wonderful run of artistic creativity but I find that I am tapped out and when that happens I need to change media, change subject matter or go to my non-objective abstracts with some mixed media work thrown in.
For me it is like washing the dishes, getting the laundry done or straighten up the house; in other words, just plain get reorganized. Some times a sewing project works to clear my mind but top on my list to re-prime my creative well is to reorganize my studio.
I'm always telling my husband let's get rid of stuff that we don't use so I took my own advice with the removal of my long time old friend drafting table that weighs a ton to be donated to Goodwill. It is hard to part with something that has been with you for so many years but I analyzed how much I was really using it and found out it was only a flat surface to clutter up. Decision made.
Back to my original premise; Lay off of acrylic paints for a while and drag out the watercolor paints until I paint a masterpiece or get inspired to go back to my acrylic media. I will keep you updated on my therapeutic process.
Mary Ellen Koser